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Dennis

Mazama, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1406)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1299)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "I am still right there with this story"
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    this is not the best written story out there, this author presents this story like it is a first draft, and it is still great. If you are into the prepper world and feel that the current government is to intrusive, you will love this book, it is overall a great story from the first book and continues into this second story as well. The author is way into the tech of prepping, as are a lot of preppers, so for that audience it is great. If you are not a prepper then this book will outline at least one scenario for your fate, and it is that of the silly little totalitarian who thinks that "resource sharing" is now the current plan since you were to busy laughing at those who were diligent and put resources into the rainy day fund. This is a fun book and it brings to focus all the big gov plans for those who are content with watching T.V. and hitting the pipe, hey, if you like your current lifestyle you can keep your current lifestyle - what ever!
    Highly recommended

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 299 Days: The 43 Colonels: 299 Days, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    In this final book of the 299 Days series, The 43 Colonels celebrates the many "ordinary" men and women who did extraordinary things during and after the Collapse. Set in the chambers of the New Washington Legislature during a joint session of the House and Senate, Governor Ben Trenton honors Colonel Grant Matson and 42 other individuals who helped start the Restoration.

    R. C. Snyder says: "Excellent Compliment to the Original Series"
    "Wow, strong start, slumps midway"
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    I hate it when a series starts out great but starts to trail off, I am always hoping things come back to earlier form and the story regains the footing it had, sometimes it happens, an author misses the mark and comes back, I was hoping for this as I really wanted to write a good review for this series, here it comes, BUT, I have to ding this one. At some point in the series the story becomes about the lead character and not the collapse, the lawyer and process side of the author takes over and the story becomes about the rules that the author wants to order society in, and then things bog down. The word "normal" is used so often it becomes a joke and the lead character is more interested in speaking in his command voice to get things done. The story is an important one, the collapse is well written and the scenario painted in the beginning as the collapse starts and the new community is built is entertaining, the problem is that this book is stretched out way to long and the lead character is a lawyer.
    If this is your genre you will find the first half of the series fun and worth the ride - and things stay that way until the last two books, and then things fall apart and the boredom sets in, and stays put. Barely recommended and that is only if TEOTWAWKI is your genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Community: 299 Days, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (277)

    299 Days: The Community, the third book in the 299 Days series, reunites Grant Matson with his family after his wife, children, and in-laws accept that the only way to survive the Collapse is to flee the comfort of their suburban lives and join him at his isolated cabin in the woods. With riots becoming more violent, power outages more widespread, and the military crumbling, Grant and others throughout Washington State realize they must organize if they want to endure.

    KentuckyLake Prepper says: "Mr. Tate does not disappoint with Book 3"
    "Takes off from here, excellent"
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    In the first book a lot of character development took place, and it laid the foundation, albeit a tad methodically, but competently - it was an excellent read. In this book the second in the series the action takes off, good guys and bad guys are taking stage and they are great characters, there are several story lines developing and they are all solid attention getters. The story is thrilling and well told, I am hooked and cannot wait to listen to the third book in the series, so far this has been a great find. Highly recommended, if you like the genre this is exactly what you are looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (502)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Jan says: "Planted Reviews - be careful with your purchase..."
    "So far, excellent - cannot put it down!"
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    I am into this genre - and go through some poorly written books in an effort to find a series just like this. This, the first book in the series starts out flat, and I am putting it kindly, I almost stopped reading the book (I had bought it in real page turning book form first as it was not available on audio) if it was not for a really bad movie my girlfriend was watching and that book on the table, collecting dust, I would have tossed it after the first few chapters of character development, but I kept on and before long was hooked. I ordered the audio version because the print version had a bunch of blank pages in the crucial last 1/3 of the book - and have been obsessed with it since. The author works in state government and goes to great length to conceal his real name - he has inside information and brings that to the page as he reveals the story, it is the realism of events, the total development of certain characters, both hero and villain, their position in the story and who acquires power and by what means that lays the groundwork for some great action and suspense. This may be one of the best books in this genre out there, certainly in audio format.
    Highly recommended, you will be looking for every excuse to listen to this until it is done, and you will rip into the next book in the series the second you finish this one, and will be happy it is available.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Reset: Book Three of the Economic Collapse Chronicles, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    In American Reset, the final chapter of the Economic Collapse Chronicles, the ultimate contest between liberty and tyranny reaches the apex. The Bair family and their neighbors learn the true value of community as they rely on each other to survive the war and the effects of the financial meltdown. Will the collapse bring an oppressive regime that enslaves the American people, or will the patriots prevail and guide the country back to a place of freedom, peace and prosperity?

    C. Dissmore says: "Fantastic, this series is best in the genre"
    "Right there, current, relavant"
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    This is the sequel and the story does not slow down one bit. I am already into the next book into the series and cannot wait to continue with it. The best part of this story is that the events are believable, the story is woven from the fabric of daily events and if the path we are on is not changed some of the events of this story are going to come to pass, it is not that this book is prophetic, it just deals with events as they unfold and takes things to the conclusion that the author sees as unfolding in a totally realistic manner.
    Highly recommended, this is a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Meltdown: Book Two of the Economic Collapse Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    Written from a Christian constitutional worldview, American Meltdown, Book Two of The Economic Collapse Chronicles uses dystopian fiction to take an in-depth look at the economic and political trends that have taken America to the edge of bankruptcy. The book assesses the current course of the nation and projects it into the near future. In Book Two, America has entered into a full scale financial meltdown. The members of the Bair family do the best they can to navigate a complete currency collapse and the social disruptions that come with it.

    G Wallace says: "Pre-Tribulation Survivalist Story"
    "Very close to reality"
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    This book is based on real events - and the scenario presented in this book although fiction is so realistic that should the dominoes fall in the order described the outcome would closely follow the storyline of this book. I liked the writers style he is a talented author, characters are developed well, and overall the events have that ring of truth to them that allows the reader to get deeply into this storyline. Of note is that this is a series, as are most in the genre and you will not find an ending at the finish of this book, but the story is so well done that you are actually happy there is more to come when you get to the end. If you are into TEOTWAWKI books this will be a great listen, if you are new to the genre then you will like this as a great action, adventure story, either way highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots: With a Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Hollerman
    • Narrated By Kent Clark
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (214)

    EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots is a harrowing story of survival after the destruction of the electric grid and nearly every electronic device in the country. Jonathan Hollerman paints a vivid and disturbing picture of society falling apart after an Electromagnetic Pulse attack against our nation.

    reena says: "Dont Waste a Credit"
    "Starts great, never fully developed"
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    Okay, I like the Teotwawki genre but it has a problem that is epitomized in this book, it starts out great, then as the world falls apart so does the story, it seems to be a problem for this book and the genre as a whole. I like the writing, the characters are good and are really starting to get developed when things end, I know we are being set up for a sequel but I am tired of a story ending almost in mid sentence. That said I will listen to the sequel when it comes out so maybe I am the problem here. If you like "the end of the world as we know it" type of books you will find you like this book in spite of yourself, recommended but with the caveat that you are not getting the ending in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (1433)
    Story
    (1432)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "A great choice, solid entertainment"
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    I started to write a review for each title in the series and then realized that I had to wait for the end of the series to write a review because the story is one long one broken up by separate titles. Each segment is fairly long so actually this works out well. Now for the breakdown, solid writing, great characters, well done dialog and action action action - and a great amount of suspense. This genre has a weakness and that is that as the crisis ramps up the books are exciting and action packed, then the survivors hole up and, well, just kind of survive. This book blasts past that sticking point and never looks back, there are plots and subplots and all of it is exciting, not to mention that the 'infected' are more than just props for lots of gore. I have listened to a lot of books in this genre and this is in the top 1%. The one problem, the last book is not the last book, there is more, which since this is such a good series is good, but Audible does not have it available yet, which means I will have to wait for it, :( -
    Need to mention that for this book and the characters in it the narration is fantastic, great match.

    Highly recommended

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2384)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    G Wallace says: "Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later"
    "Glad I found this series"
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    This is a fun series, as the genre goes there are quite a few poorly written books out there, finding a book that is well written goes a long way in this category, and this is one of them. The action is tight, the pandemic that causes the 'plague' interesting and the cast of characters well done, developed, believable. Dialog is actually good dialog and not something comic book like. The main character seems to loose his weapon a lot for a special forces guy but then nothing is perfect, he is great character and does the right thing when the chips are down. I like this book and am already into the 3rd book in the series as a result, Highly recommended.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • CyberStorm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

    Jan says: "Yes - satisfied a craving"
    "Okay, it did suck me in - readable"
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    There are a lot of moments in this book that had me right there with it, I was involved and thought the writer was on the right track, and the book takes off in that direction from the start and you are pretty sure you have a winner. The narration is solid, the writer has skill at describing a scene and bringing it to the listener (reader) in a plausible manner. Here comes the "but"- the author pens the scene of societal collapse of the urbane fairly well, the characters are diverse and have each some skill which comes into play after the collapse, the mode of the collapse, a cyber attack is well explained and actually plausible, BUT this is written from an urban centric point of view and the description of people in the countryside is horribly derogatory, they are painted as rapists, cannibals, and in one scene are shown to be chasing a cow down with machetes and hacking it to pieces. Nobody in the rural section of the story is presented as anything other than an ignorant villain. Oh, but in the enlightened city, violent acts are stopped by a group of people holding up their phones and taking pictures, that is all it takes. The people who leave NY city for the country side are forever haunted by that stupid move, of course the city would be much safer than farm country once food becomes scarce in the city. There are some well done sections in this book and if the author had stayed within his comfort zone it would have been a good book. The storyline describing the method of cyber attack is done well and the author has knowledge of the subject matter and is able to bring it to the reader in an entertaining manner, as in the degrading situation in the city. The problem with the book comes in the section after they leave the city, things just begin to fall apart from there.
    As far as a recommendation the subject matter is interesting and brought to the reader in a well done manner, the story has some holes in it but works at the base level and the narration is well done as well. If prepper grid down subject matter is your genre then you might like this book, if tech suspense it your thing this might be okay but a bit of a departure and not deep enough into your subject matter to be a total thumbs up.
    I would recommend it with just a few grimaces.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Road - A Post Apocalyptic Novel: The New World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By G. Michael Hopf
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (165)

    Only six weeks have passed since a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, but already, life has changed dramatically. Most of America has become a wasteland filled with starving bands of people, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead and millions more are suffering, with no end in sight. For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz, and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with in the early weeks after the attack will seem trivial in comparison to the collapse of society that plays out before their eyes.

    Dennis says: "Too many Cliches!"
    "Too many Cliches!"
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    I cannot understand how this book gets a good review from anybody - one bad cliche after another, poor writing, no, terrible writing. Good narration. Sentence after sentence that does not logically follow the one before it. No character development at all. The head of the the drug cartel is described as "deciding he would not be poor, and soon he became the go to guy for people to get anything they want" done - total character development. I tried to like this book because I like the genre, impossible, it is a bad book and nothing redeems it.
    Not recommended, not one second of it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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